Ultimate Seychelles Honeymoon Guide

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Seychelles is a veritable paradise and one of our top honeymoon destinations. This tiny African nation of 115 islands (7 are inhabited) just off the coast of Kenya, in the Indian Ocean, is the location of some of the world’s best beaches. Embrace the laid back island vibe. You won’t find big brand shops here and it has a decidedly uncommercial feel, which makes it seem as if you’ve stepped back in time a little. However, it’s not a backwater by any stretch, it’s a pioneer of sustainable eco-tourism with some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The lush green interior landscapes combined with the huge granite rocks, dazzling powdery white sand beaches and all the blues and greens of the ocean – there is nowhere quite like Seychelles.

Although known to Arab and Persian traders for centuries, the first recorded landing in the Seychelles was by the British East India company. France later annexed it. The islands were then colonised by the British. Like other former colonies in the Indian Ocean, there is a mix of African, French, British and Creole culture.

You might be thinking about a Seychelles honeymoon wondering, is Seychelles good for honeymoon? What is the best Seychelles island for honeymoon? What’s the best time to visit Seychelles? How do you get there? How do you get around the Seychelles? Where to stay? What are the best things to do in Seychelles? Where are the best beaches? We’ve got all the essential information you need to plan the perfect honeymoon in Seychelles. Let’s take you to the ‘Garden of Eden’ with our Ultimate Seychelles Honeymoon Guide!

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Good to Know

Time Zone: GMT + 4

Language: Seychellois Creole | English | French

Capital: Victoria

Population: 100,000

Currency: SCR Rupee SR

A few phrases in Creole:

Hi: Allo

Please: Silvoupel

Thank you: Mersi

Goodbye: Orevwar

Visa Required: Most nationalities do not need a visa for Seychelles

Health: Seychelles is a malaria-free country, but some vaccinations are recommended. We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations or speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist.

When to go

Seychelles has a tropical climate, meaning it’s warm all year round, but it also has a rainy season. Monsoon and the trade winds will affect rain patterns. The best time to visit is during the summer months, from March to October. However, during the peak summer months, flights & hotels are at a premium, so if you can go from April to May or September to October, you’ll find the sweet spot between good value and pleasant weather. During the summer months from June to August, you may find more seaweed. The rainy season is from November to March. We don’t recommend travelling during the wettest months, December and January.

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How to get there

Most visitors to Seychelles will fly to Seychelles International Airport, which is about a 15-minute drive from the tiny capital, Victoria. It is well connected to major Middle East hubs like the United Arab Emirates Dubai (with Emirates) and Abu Dhabi (with Etihad) , Doha with Qatar Airways and Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. You can also fly from Nairobi with Kenya Airways and Air Seychelles also flies to Paris, Mumbai and Johannesburg a few times per week.

What to pack

Hiking shoes | Reef-friendly sunscreen | Insect Repellent | Rash guard | Aqua / Reef shoes | Waterproof Phone Case

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Accommodation

We’ve written here about how Seychelles is a little different from some of its Indian Ocean neighbours Mauritius and the Maldives. Seychelles resorts are usually not all-inclusive* and hotel prices are usually based on bed & breakfast, half board (breakfast and dinner) and full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

There are some exceptions, like Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas and the family-friendly Club Med. When you’re choosing between Seychelles honeymoon hotels and deciding what board basis to book, we’d recommend either bed & breakfast or half board. While you will definitely want to lie by the resort pool or beachfront or swim in your own private plunge pool at your luxury villa, we still strongly recommend getting out to explore the abundance of magical beaches and hikes outside of your resort during your stay. To truly explore the Seychelles, you may not want to hang around your hotel or resort all-day-every-day. 

You’ll find a range of accommodation. From some of the world’s most luxurious hotel groups and four-star hotels, that can be great value if you’re on a smaller budget – although budget travel is not a word usually associated with the Seychelles! Guesthouses for more intrepid travellers are available and villa rental is also possible. There are also private island resorts, which we’ll cover below.

*If you prefer a more resort-based all inclusive beach honeymoon, we’ve got our favourite destinations here.

Dining

There isn’t a huge dining scene in the Seychelles and many couples will eat at their hotel or resort at night (unless you’re somewhere a little livelier on Mahé or Praslin). There are some unassuming gems to be found like La Perle Noire – French inspired, Mahek – delicious Indian and Marie Antoinette – famous creole on Mahe.

Seafood lovers will be in culinary heaven. Grilled fish, caught that day by local fishermen. Delicious curries and all manner of exotic fruit flavours. Western food is widely available, but we’d recommend sticking with local cuisine for the best value and taste!

Giant Tortoise at Curieuse Island Seychelles Honeymoon Guide
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Getting around

Getting between the islands is very easy. The ferry service in Seychelles is very efficient, with multiple ferries daily going between the main islands. Ferry schedules can be found here on the Cat Cocos website. You can also do inter-island flights with Air Seychelles. Some luxury resorts also provide helicopter ride transfers.

Getting around the islands is relatively easy, depending on your preference. You can base yourself at your resort on Mahé and Praslin and book day trips. Taxis are more scarce (and expensive!). Car hire is ideal for Mahé (we recommend Sixt) and Praslin (we recommend Bliss). In the Seychelles they drive on the left. Hotels have free parking and you get to explore in your own time, discovering deserted beaches with nobody around. The roads are narrow and winding, so you don’t need a big vehicle. You could also hire a driver for the day and create your own tailor-made touring itinerary without having to drive. You can also take the local buses, which are inexpensive and efficient – plus you get to experience Seychelles like a local.

Choosing your Seychelles honeymoon islands and how long to stay

Seychelles is 100% a relaxing tropical beach destination. While many resorts are on their own stunning stretches of beach, the best way to maximise this incredible destination is to explore the multitude of other sublime beaches and go island hopping.

One of the great things about Seychelles is that all the beaches are publicly owned, so you can visit almost all of them. However, some hotels have their own private cove or bay, so you may need to access those beaches via these luxury resorts as they will only allow limited numbers every day. Once you call ahead, ideally 24-48 hours before, there shouldn’t be any issues. The hotels want to discourage you from coming to these beaches, to keep them exclusively for their guests. So you may find they won’t let you use the hotel facilities (such as restrooms) if you’re not a guest, so be prepared for this!

You need to hike to get to some beaches and others are right there, just off the road. One of our biggest tips is to get up and be on the road early and you may discover you have some spots all to yourself – magic!

There are also uninhabited islands to explore with beautiful hikes through pristine rainforest with birdlife and waterfalls. At night, stargazers will be in awe as the galaxy unfolds above you – super romantic. Snorkelling is world-class with many reefs near the shore and, of course, it’s one of the world’s best diving spots.

How much time you have, how much you want to relax vs sightseeing will help you decide how many islands to visit and what islands to visit. When planning your itinerary, remember that 2 nights will only give you 1 full day to explore/relax, 3 nights = 2 full days, 4 nights = 3 full days, and so on. You’ll definitely want some relaxing beach days at your hotel, but you’ll also want to explore other beaches and islands. If you have 7 nights, pick two islands. If you have 10-14 nights, pick three islands.

Let’s give you the lowdown…

Petite Anse at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles by The Honeymoon Guide
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Mahé

Airport code: SEZ

Mahé is the biggest island with nearly 90% of the population living here. Even with almost 100,000 people living there, it still feels like 1000 people live on the entire island! As you fly into Mahé, most visitors will stay at least a few days in a resort around the stunning coastline.

The capital Victoria is one of the world’s smallest and the Victoria market is a perfect place to buy souvenirs and sample exotic fruits in the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Visit the Clock Tower (Little Big Ben), the beautiful Victoria Mosque and the National Botanical Garden. Visit a tea or rum factory. Swim in Sauzier Waterfall.

Mahé has many beautiful beaches and resorts. We love Beau Vallon beach for something a little livelier. It’s ideal if you want activities such as water sports and more options for dining. It’s a great base for getting around the island. There is also the relatively new man-made Eden Island, with contemporary hotels and shops (although we prefer Beau Vallon). Snorkel in the Saint Anne Marine National Park and hike the Morne Seychelles National Park.

Where to stay on Mahé – Whether you decide on a secluded luxury resort or something closer to the action, choose the west coast for the most incredible sunsets you’ll ever experience. Honeymoon hotels we love:

Anantara Maia Seychelles – one of the few all-inclusive resorts in Seychelles, breathtaking villas overlooking Anse Louis beach

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles – alluring 5* resort with villas on one of the best beaches, Petite Anse

Hilton Seychelles Northolme – Villa resort in a beautiful location close to Beau Vallon

Story Seychelles – large 4* resort in a great location in Beau Vallon – great base

Constance Ephelia Resort – lovely 4* hotel with a mixture of couples and families

Kempinski Seychelles Resort – bigger resort on beautiful Baie Lazare

Best Beaches on Mahé – Anse Intendance | Port Launay North Beach | Grand Anse | Anse Takamaka | Petite Anse

sunset over Indian Ocean with palm trees view overfrom Coco de Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites. Seychelle Honeymoon | The Honeymoon Guide
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Praslin

Airport Code: PRI

Praslin island is home to many of Seychelles (and therefore the world’s!) best beaches. It’s even more laid back than Mahé (if that was possible!). You can drive around the island in about 40 minutes. In the heart of the islands is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, home to the famous Coco de Mer palm tree. This beautiful pristine prehistoric rainforest has some gentle trail routes (maximum 2kms).

A day trip to Cousin, Curieuse & St. Pierre is a must as it’s only a 30-minute boat trip from Praslin. On Cousin Island, explore the diverse bird life. On Curieuse island you can visit the Giant Tortoises Sanctuary, and hike across the mangroves meeting some incredible creatures before finishing up at Anse St Jose where your boat will pick you up. The picturesque tiny granite islet, St Pierre is ideal for snorkelling.

Where to stay on Praslin – There is no wrong place to stay on Praslin. Côte d’Or aka Anse Volbert has the largest concentration of hotels and guesthouses, but you are never too far away if you want to visit other parts of the island. Honeymoon hotels we love…

Raffles Seychelles – incredible private pool villas in this luxury resort on Anse Takamaka

Constance Lemuria – luxury resort. ideally located at Anse Georgette & Anse Keran, some of the world’s best beaches

Le Château de Feuilles – secluded Relais & Chateaux resort with access to private island, Grande-Soeur

Coco de Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites – our favourite 4* hotel in the Seychelles

Les Lauriers Eco Hotel – well located on Cote D’or

Paradise Sun – charming 4* hotel in Cote D’or

Best beaches on Praslin – Anse Lazio | Anse Georgette | Anse Volbert (aka Côte d’Or) | Anse Cimitière

Anse Source D'Argent on La Digue in Seychelles by The Honeymoon Guide with white sand, blue and green lagoon and giant granite boulders
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La Digue

Tiny La Digue (10 sq kms) is close to Praslin. You can take a day trip to the island from Praslin or Mahé. However, as most couples come away from their honeymoon in Seychelles with La Digue listed as their favourite island, we strongly recommend staying at least a couple of nights here.

The island has few cars, with most visitors getting around on bikes or by foot. Ferries arrive at La Passe, more like a large village rather than a town. You can easily hire bikes at the port. This is where you’ll also find places to eat and drink. You won’t find any big brand ultra-luxury resorts on La Digue, but a smattering of charming guesthouses and a couple of boutique hotels.

The beauty of spending some time on La Digue is you can get to one of the most photographed beaches in the world early before the day trippers arrive. Anse Source d’Argent is what Seychelles dreams are made of. Enormous granite boulders, powdery white sand and shallow turquoise lagoon – no filter needed. Hire crystal kayaks, hike to Anse Marron and embrace island life.

Where to stay

Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel – this bright Seychellois-owned hotel is a lovely option in La Digue

Le Repaire – cute 3* hotel in a great location

Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa – popular hotel with honeymooners

Best beaches on La Digue – Grand Anse | Anse Cocos | Anse Marron | Anse Source dignity 

Other Seychelles islands

Seychelles has some beautiful private islands, including some of the earth’s finest ultra luxury resorts – perfect for a true honeymoon getaway in paradise.

One of our favourite hotels in the world, the incredible Six Senses Zil Payson, is on Félicité Island, just 4kms from La Digue. The Oceanfront Pool Villas with a private infinity pool, are without a doubt, in our top 3 honeymoon suites in the world. You can kayak to Cocos Island, experience the cinema under the stars and see turtles hatching (seasonal).

We’re also obsessed with the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. A 35-minute flight from Mahé in the Amirante Islands – a remote cluster of coral atolls. Expect wild roaming tortoises and a castaway island feel – one of the most luxurious experiences in the world.

Ile Du Nord is home to North Island Seychelles – one of the most exclusive hotels in the world and the honeymoon choice of Britain’s Duke & Duchess of Cambridge! With just 11 completely secluded and open-plan villas and all the luxury you would expect from one of the world’s best island experiences. Around 20 minutes by helicopter from Mahé.

Denis Private Island is an eco-luxury 25 bungalows with no phone access, Wi-Fi or even TV – you can truly get off grid with wonderful Seychellois hospitality and you may even get to see turtles nesting.

Bird Island Seychelles is a self-catering laid-back island around 35 minutes by chartered propeller plane from Mahé. There is one small shop and one restaurant on the island. This easy-going island is home to thousands of tropical bird species, giant tortoises and coral reefs.

While not a private island, Silhouette is the third largest island in Seychelles, with a tiny population of under 200 people. Most of the island is designated a national park. The all-villa Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is the only resort on the island. Snorkel at Anse Mondon or challenge yourself to one of the Seychelle’s toughest hikes to the secluded Grande Barbe. There are direct ferries to Silhouette from Mahé.

Cerf Island Resort is only 15 minutes by ferry from Mahé, so not as far as some of the previously mentioned private islands. This four-star, 25-villa island is ideal if you want something closer to the main islands right in the centre of the Saint Anne Marine National Park.

sailing the Seychelles by the honeymoon guide - boat on Petite Anse Beach with white sand and turquoise water at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
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Sailing the Seychelles

You might be surprised to know that Seychelles is a part of the world that sees very little of the large-scale cruise industry. Because of the remote location, there aren’t many large cruise lines that sail to Seychelles on a regular basis. Usually, any cruises that stop in Seychelles are on a world voyage.

However, it is popular for sailing. Some small group adventure-companies like Intrepid have week-long sailing tours. You can charter your own yacht too!

What to bring home

Takamaka Rum – Vanilla – Cinnamon – Soaps – Black Pearl

Where can you tag on to your Seychelles honeymoon

As you can see whether you have 7, 10 or 14 nights, Seychelles has some magical islands to explore, so if you want to spend your whole honeymoon there, you won’t be disappointed!

However, as it is connected to the Middle East and Africa. You could add on city stops in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Istanbul. There are also direct flights a couple of times a week from Johannesburg, which is a great hub for Southern Africa and Nairobi, which is a great hub for East Africa. Explore South Africa’s Garden Route and Kruger National Park or take a safari in the Serengeti or Masai Mara for the perfect safari and beach combination!

We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Seychelles honeymoon! Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information!

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